punchestown 9th Dec
Flemenstar impresses at Punchestown
(Healy Racing Photos)
Peter Casey's exciting performer (evens favourite) jumped for fun up front and was followed by Rubi Light and Sir Des Champs throughout the Grade One contest, with Bog Warrior a late absentee through coughing.
Davy Russell sent Sir Des Champs after the leader on the turn for home, butp>Flemenstar skipped clear under Andrew Lynch and he was not threatened as he passed the post five lengths in front to enhance his already huge reputation.
Mikael D'Haguenet has never approached the heights of his hurdling career when tried over fences, but there wasn't much wrong with his performance as he broke his duck in the Blue Square Bet Beginners Chase.
Mullins had already scored with the lightly raced Pride Ofthe Parish (1-3 favourite), who got off the mark over jumps with a facile success in the 2013 Annual Membership Maiden Hurdle, leading all the way under Patrick Mullins and stretching 13 lengths clear.
The trainer and his jockey son also won the bumper with Sizing Tennessee (4-6 favourite).
Townend also doubled up when Terence O'Brien's gutsy Glenquest (5-2 favourite) led all the way and beat off De Dodger to take the Weatherbys Ireland GSB Handicap Chase by two and three-quarter lengths.
The absence of Waaheb took some of the shine off the INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle, but there was a lot to like about the victory of Henry de Bromhead's consistent five-year-old Too Scoops.
Sizing Tennessee created quite an impression when hacking up by seven and a half lengths in the bumper at Punchestown.